Alphabat’s AB CITY [Music Video Review]

 

 

K-Pop is known to have lots of boygroups and girlgroups and bands of all sorts. Because of this large number, it’s a wonder to many fans how companies name their groups and how they want their group to stand out. When the group “Alphabat” came out one day in Allkpop, I was like “WHAT?”. Are they actually losing some ideas?

Alphabat just released their debut MV. For a debut MV, this is expected. It’s not really that explosive and offered almost to nothing new to K-Pop. Electric, hip hop and aegyo are very common.

The song starts with a rap. It was a pretty decent rap and he sounded like TOP but kinda some timbre higher. It didn’t have the “I’ll-blow-your-mind-with-my-lazy-rap” in it. It was normal. Then it was followed by a slower tempo singing and falsetto. I like the falsetto that I kept on replaying that part. Then another singer then the chorus.

The chorus really wasn’t as explosive as it should have been. I believe that the chorus is actually the heart of the song because that’s what the people usually remember. However, in this song, it wasn’t really that focused. But I gotta admit, it’s kinda catchy.

After the first chorus, I just wanted to skip the whole “A-B-C-D-E-F-G” part because of the aegyo. The aegyo part is unnecessary and is out of place. It’s hip hop! Male hip hop. It reminded me of IGAB. Then another rap. They have two rappers? Cool.

The rest of the song was pretty much the same as how it started. There wasn’t anything that explosive with it. But for some reasons, I’m hooked with it and kept on replaying the song.

The MV is the typical “inside-the-box” MV where their backgrounds change. The whole MV is black and white and looks clean. I really like looking at it. However, there are some backgrounds which almost overpowered them to the point that you can’t see clearly their dance moves.

Speaking of dance moves, their moves are clean and awesome. I just hope that they showed more of it in the MV. But they’re debuting soon so I’ll just wait for their debut stage.

Time’s up! Game over… 

rating: 3/10

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What Did the Fox Say?

This is one of the most random songs and music videos that I have ever seen. I’m not new to weird lyrics but this is beyond random. It’s like it’s made by a little kid who was trying to identify a fox’s sound. Add a cast wearing animal hats and poof! What did the fox say?

I first learned about this at 9gag. I never knew the connections of those posts about What Did the Fox Say? until I came across a comment about this being a song. it’s not retarded (as many people likes to point out rudely) but it’s a something. It’s not the best song out there but it’s catchy. Actually, I can’t keep it out of mu head for now. I guess I’ll just keep it on loop until I hate it and move on.

And now I’m actually checking out their other music videos and it’s more or less like WDTFS?. I remembered making the lyrics of our song for the Math Song competition in 2nd year. We actually just put the definitions from the book to the paper, tweaked it a bit then added the melody. I think that’s pretty much what they did to this.

This is unusual but it’s actually pretty cool. Random and humorous music videos and songs.

On Messenger Wars

So apparently, there are already lots of messengers that have been sprouting. Of course, being the curious kitty cat that I am, I decided to try those popular apps right now. These apps are: LINE (Japan), Kakao Talk (Korea), Kik (Canada) and WeChat (China). Why am I trying these messengers? Simple. Because I like to meet new people. Being the homebody that I am, I rarely go out. This is a great way for me to meet people even from other places.

WeChat

This is the first ever messenger that I’ve tried. I first used it on my Samsung Pocket phone and it was nice. I got to meet people from other places. But the fun was shortlived. There is only a limited choices for the location. Therefore, I chose that location nearest to my real location. It was kind of annoying actually. WeChat was starting to get popular in our place at that time but the people that I kept on seeing on “People Nearby” were Chinese from Mainland China. Really? How freaking close is that?

The good side of this is that you can use the shake feature. So like you can find people whoare also shaking their phones. It kind of looks weird actually especially in public but it was fun. I got to meet some people too. It gets awkward though if the person next to you is also shaking their phone, so therefore you get to chat with them.

Kakao Talk

I first got into Kakao Talk because of K-Pop. All these idols being on AKP because of their messages on Kakao piqued my curiosity up. I was entranced by its promise of cute emoji and stickers. Of course being the fan of cute things that I am, I downloaded it. So I was excited about its interface because it was super cute and easy to move around. However, after registering, I got bored. Why? There’s nothing much to do especially if your friends don’t have any Kakao account. There’s no way of meeting new people in Kakao app except if you like to post your ID on any forums or sites or share it with other people online.

Currently, I have 0 Kakao Talk friends. That’s super fun right?

LINE

This one for me is Version 2.0 of Kakao Talk. They kind of have the same interface but also different in ways. They have this so-called Timeline where you can post whatever you like. Status and photos can be posted here. It’s like their version of your Facebook. They also have this in-app game which I actually have never played. Basically, I have only registered for LINE but never really used it. It’s just in my messenger folders.

They also have cute stickers which I haven’t used. I also have 1 friend here which I don’t know who. It’s weird right? I just imported my contacts and poof! A friend is on LINE. I’ll just have to ask my friends who has LINE because this is not a good messenger to randomly talk to people except if you actually post your ID on any forums or websites online.

KiK Messenger

This is the latest messenger that I am using. I’m quite satisfied with it because it never crashed and I met people here. Just so you know, there are lots of perverts here so seeing some private parts is common *shudder*. So if you’re that conservative maiden or is practicing visual celibacy or something, then this messenger is possibly not for you. I have experienced a lot of people just sending a photo and it’s quite disconcerting at times. But when this happens, I just block them or not reply to them at all.

They have a website called Kikfriends (www.kikfriends.com) where you can post your profile and then wait for someone to message you. As I mentioned, there are lots of pervs here so posting your username is at your discretion. But I have also met lots of nice people here too.

One thing that I like about KiK is that you can see if your message was sent or not. So if you send the message, there would be an “S” beside it saying that it is sending. When it’s finally delivered but not opened, “D” will be seen beside the message. If it’s finally opened, “R” is seen beside the message which meant “Read”. Another cool thing about this app is that you know if the person you are chatting with is typing. So when the other types, you can see “Someone is typing…” on the header part.
There are lots of cool things for KiK like the meme maker. Unfortunately, their emojis are lacking and their smiley face is like a person who just got high. But nevertheless, this app is good.

Obviously, the only app that I’ve really enjoyed and used its full capability is KiK. But we have our own preferences for these different messages. Just so you know, keep your private and personal details by yourself. 😊

Things I’ve Learned From Watching Property Brothers

(l-r) Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott

So I just got the hang of watching the Property Brothers. It is a show which features TWINS Drew and Jonathan Scott, Drew being the Real Estate Expert and Jonathan being the Contractor. Aside from those amazing renovations that they do, another reason why I watch this show is because they just look so good. ^_^
I’ve been watching reno and design shows even back home but this is my first time watching this show here. I’m also amazed about the things that I’ve learned.

  • When buying a house, having it checked by the inspector is recommended. That’s because they usually meet a big problem everytime a client does not choose this option. This is also good because the house hunters gets to be informed of the possible structural problems and other problems.
  • The older the house, the more chances in finding asbestos. Like there are times when they have to like pause for sometime because the asbestos should not be disturbed.
  • Open concept is an awesome concept. I have always wanted a house where there are lots of natural light and this is the answer! Open concept is basically a no-wall barrier between the kitchen and dining room and maybe a small railing or no wall at all up to the living room.
  • Expect the walls (that you want to take down for an open concept) are structural and if there’s a second floor, expect to add a beam. Structural means that it actually supports the structure of the house so bringing it down can affect the house. A beam kind of supports the roof of the house.
  • Find a good fixer upper. They can either make your home your dream home or the horror house.
  • No matter how much work he does, Jonathan’s hair never experiences a bad hair day. Like how does he do that? Hair stylist in between takes?
  • Jonathan always wear plaid and Drew is always on formal clothes.

I just love watching Property Brothers. Just try closing your eyes and listen to the twins’ voice, you’ll have a long time to figure out who’s speaking. You can identify them but maybe if you *really* know the difference in their voice.

I can’t wait for the new episodes of the Property Brothers.

SNSD’s Galaxy Supernova (MV Review)

Girl’s Generation is back again! They’ve just released their newest Japanese music video for Galaxy Supernova. Of course, the SONEs all over the world are celebrating. I’m not really their biggest fan but I do enjoy their songs (and some of their variety shows).

This time, SNSD has stick to the electric side of music and with their uber colorful set. Of course SM Entertainment never drifted away from their constant concept… the box concept. However, this time’s box concept is a very colorful box concept that can make your head spin… literally. Since they’ve just released the dance version, it’s understandable that they don’t really have much close-ups.

Their clothes right now are more toned down… way toned down compared to I Got A Boy. Their clothes consists of metallic colors which looks good against their colorful background.  They also wear midriff tops and skinny jeans (which looks good on them) and those futuristic metallic dresses.

My thoughts goes to Yoona. Seriously, she improved really good from their Into the New World Days. However, if you look closely, she looks so stiff and all but still able to carry those dance moves. Well, kudos for her improvements.

AKP mentioned about the normal version being uploaded already but it was deleted/blocked. I don’t know what happened to it but that’s really far from my concern. For now, all I want to see is the full version of their Beep Beep which was released for a few months already. I’ve heard that they won’t be released through their Youtube channel but through their album. So I guess I’ll just be waiting for a good-hearted SONE to upload it online.

Rating: 4/5 (and that “tut tut tut tu tu”… you just can’t get that out of your head)

K-Pop Songs I Wish Had Music Videos

I’m not new to this K-Pop things and I’ve already heard bunch of songs. There are those meh songs and there are those ah-mazing songs. Awesomely, some of these ah-mazing songs have Music Videos (rejoice! rejoice!) which I can watch and spazz for a long time. Unfortunately, some of these songs didn’t have MV so I’m  just left to imagine how this would have been if ever they made an MV for it.

GD and TOP’s What Do You Want? (Eojjeoran Marinya?)

One of my fave songs in their album. Since this is mainly GD, I can imagine him on stage on this retro clothes with a retro mic (think WG’s Nobody concept) with his weird hair. I can imagine him rocking the stage then having to change another scene with new sets of clothes now in modern style. I guess I’ll just be stuck on whatever he can do with this MV on my head.

SNSD’s Look at Me

This is one of my favorite songs in their latest album I Got A Boy. I actually like this better that IGAB. The song is catchy and fast beat and is pretty much SNSD. They did not stray really far from their roots (?) unlike with what they did with the uber confusing track called I Got A Boy. During the song break (is that how you call it?), the part before the final chorus, I imagine Hyoyeon giving her all in showing her dancing talent. Since the song is a fast song, their dance steps could also be pretty fast and catchy. I want to see a dance choreo for this.

Super Junior’s White Christmas

Since it’s already the start of the Ber-months and I’m patiently waiting for their comeback, this song deserves a spot. Of course it’s a Christmas Song and it is a happy song. I want to see them sing and have fun with this song. Like you know, show more of their dorky sides and stuff.

Bebe Mignon’s Stupid Oppa

This is the song that made me search more of Bebe Mignon. Their voices are so cute and sweet and mellow and touching and I just love listening to them. Too bad this song doesn’t have a music video because I’m pretty sure it would be one of those white-themed aegyo-filled music video. But who cares? The song would suit it.

<3

Psy’s Gentleman (Music Video Review)

After his worldwide hit Gangnam Style, Psy has followed it up with this new song Gentleman. It is more of an electronic pop song compared to Gangnam. Will this song reach the same popularity as Gangnam?

From the start of the song, it’s like a party tune because it’s kind of electric (dubstep?) and some people can say that it has similarities to Brown Eyed Girls’ Abracadabra. Also, the old people behind Psy (his guards?) are all old people which made me think, ‘So, they’re gentlemen?’. And Psy did the BEG’s hip thrust from Abracadabra, soooo … now what?

Around 0:42, you can see Noh Hong Chul doing his famous ‘elevator hip thrust’ on the far right side. Around 0:46, Yoo Jae Suk, the ‘man in yellow outfit’ joins the music video.

The chorus part says “I’m a Mother, Father, Gentleman”. Please don’t mishear it as “I’m Motherf*cker Gentleman” even if I think think this is what Psy wants to really say. And now in the chorus, you can see that they are actually basing the dance step from BEG’s  Abracadbra. Now, on the second chorus, that girl dancing with him is BEG’s (hot) Gain. Maybe they had an agreement about this?

The whole video for me is plain weird especially after I’ve read the English translation. The song is about being a gentleman and yet he does not show gentlemanliness here, so is there a contradiction?

Psy has mentioned this about Gangnam Style.

People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are—it’s only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are “Gangnam Style”—so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying very hard to be something that they’re not.

So I guess that this is what Psy also wants to bring here in this new music video. The exact opposite of being a gentleman which means letting a girl fall and untying her bikini.

The quirkiness and the randomness of Gangnam is also evident here except that this is more of an adult version (?). Also, the music video sequence is almost the same as Gangnam Style if you’ll just look closely. I think that they did base this one from Gangnam Style.

The song reminds me of Super Junior’s Rock Star. Maybe because they are both more on a electronic pop in nature.

IMO, this won’t be able to surpass Gangnam Style. Yes, this would be successful but I don’t think it will Gangnam’s height. But let’s see what will happen. I was actually expecting an RnB song or kind of a ballad from him. What was I thinking?

So for now, I will rate this music video as 4/5.